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The Real All Americans

The Team That Changed a Game, a People, a Nation

By Sally Jenkins

The Real All Americans
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  • Published in USA  May 2007,
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If you’d guess that Yale or Harvard ruled the college gridiron in 1911 and 1912, you’d be wrong. The most popular team belonged to an institution called the Carlisle Indian Industrial School. Its story begins with Lt. Col. Richard Henry Pratt, a fierce abolitionist who believed that Native Americans deserved a place in American society. In 1879, Pratt made a treacherous journey to the Dakota Territory to recruit Carlisle’s first students.

Years later, three students approached Pratt with the notion of forming a football team. Pratt liked the idea, and in less than twenty years the Carlisle football team was defeating their Ivy League opponents and in the process changing the way the game was played.

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Sally Jenkins is a columnist for the Washington Post and the author of eight books (three of which were New York Times bestsellers),  including It’s Not About the Bike with Lance Armstrong and The State of Jones with John Staufer. In 2002 she won the Associated Press’s Columnist of the Year Award. Her work has been featured in GQ and Sports Illustrated, and she has acted as a correspondent on CNBC as well as on NPR's All Things Considered. She lives in New York City.

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